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Garden Tours:  LarryR, Larry Rettig

By Sharon
December 3, 2011

It's to Iowa we travel this week, to visit the gardens of Larry Rettig and his wife, Wilma. I've been fortunate, I met Larry's Amana Colonies garden face to face earlier this year. I wandered those garden paths for days and every day I found something new. Let's take a look at these unbelievably beautiful Iowa gardens.

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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Dec 3, 2011 3:27 AM CST
Thank you for sharing your Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens with us. It's a special place and you and Wilma have obviously given it the love and care it deserves. The Amana Colonies have an interesting history. Enjoyed it all! Green Grin!
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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vic
Dec 3, 2011 4:40 AM CST
Lovely indeed - and while each photo is just stunning - the stories are fascinating.

Thank you for a lovely visit to your beautiful piece of heaven.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Dec 3, 2011 7:36 AM CST
Good morning Larry. What a wonderful way to start my day, strolling through your gardens. I enjoyed it so much, not just the plants, but the history of your home and gardens also.
I was fascinated by the story of the Banana Canna. Amazing plant.
I was also taken by the Persicaria virginiana 'Painter's Palette'. I will have to find that one and give it a try.
The gardens are beautiful and inviting. What a wonderful place to stroll and observe.
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
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LarryR
Dec 3, 2011 11:40 AM CST
Thank you so much Tee, Vicki, and Lynn, for your kind and enthusiastic comments! It's a lot of work for just the two of us, but we enjoy it and it keeps us physically fit. Such a large garden can consume practically every minute of your life. We make it a point not to let it. By trial and error, we've learned which plants can thrive with little or no attention during the growing season. Those are the keepers!
Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar
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SongofJoy
Dec 3, 2011 12:09 PM CST
I agree
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Dec 3, 2011 2:51 PM CST
I agree
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
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LarryR
Dec 3, 2011 7:01 PM CST
Lynn, I forgot to tell you that I have lots of Painter's Palette. If you'll send me a Tree-mail reminder in the spring, along with your address, I'll gladly send you some. Smiling

The same goes for anyone else who'd like to try it. Just let me know.
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Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Dec 4, 2011 4:15 AM CST
What a beautiful display and setting. Very nice collection of plantlife.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Dec 4, 2011 7:26 AM CST
I would love that Larry, I made a note to myself. Thank you. Smiling
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
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LarryR
Dec 4, 2011 11:22 AM CST
Thanks for the kind compliment, Jo Ann. I tip my hat to you.
Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Tip Photographer I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cottage Gardener Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Composter
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LarryR
Dec 4, 2011 11:28 AM CST
You're welcome, Lynn. I failed to mention in the article that Painter's Palette blooms. In mid-summer it sends up sprays of tiny (a tad smaller than the size of the head on a florist's pin) scarlet flowers. I sometimes use them as an interesting filler in arrangements.
Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!

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sewNsow
Dec 5, 2011 8:00 PM CST
Such a beautiful garden. I may have seen it a few years ago. We done the Amana garden tour,once or twice. I remember it got rained out one year..
Hope we can tour it again since we are so close., West Branch.
Doris
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
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LarryR
Dec 6, 2011 12:04 AM CST
Hello, Doris! Glad to hear from you. You're welcome to tour our gardens again anytime. You're only 35 miles away, so hop right on to I-80 and come on down during the next growing season. Here is contact information: http://cubits.org/articlesongardening/articles/view/1112/
Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!

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